By Laura Tappata

During this thought-provoking ebook tha writer courses the reader from an outline of the existential challenge of mental Addictions to a potential answer resulting in a in all likelihood optimistic consequence for the person. The critical subject of the ebook is anchored within the dismal nature of postmodern id with a spotlight on trying to find that means in what we're and who we're. residing during this postmodern international evidently results in a superficial lifestyles and doubtless blind quest of buying nonessential and meaningless issues designed to reinforce our ill-defined, vulnerable and weak self. even if this results in a fake experience of happiness, it doesn't generate precise contentment not to mention experience of future health. This e-book makes an attempt to guide the reader at the course from the postmodernism dependence on mental Addictions to freedom, the expression of one's identification and actual experience of health.

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The main problem of Western societies no longer lies in the production and distribution of goods in a period of poverty, as in early modernity and is still the case in developing countries. e. risks. The Fascination of Risk. A Compulsory Choice for Young People? 27 Citizens, who every day become more aware of the threat of these risks, have to face them in every second of their existence: “in the attempt to avoid the toxic substances to which their lifestyle or dietary habits expose them, each individual fights defensive battles of every type” (Beck, op.

P. 66). It is not clear whether it is the risks that have become more acute or whether it is our view of them that has become more attentive (Beck 1986). Every society has lived under the threat of terrifying dangers: the health and survival of human beings have always been in danger, in every historical period. The risks of the late modern period are different from those of early modernity from several points of view. In the first place, in contemporary societies, the risks and dangers, in particular of environmental pollution, differ significantly from earlier periods: ionizing radiations and the presence of toxic chemical substances in food, have become real and almost daily.

The Psychological Risk When historical buildings are being renovated for their protection, the façades are preserved whilst the interiors are demolished. This society, however, undergoes the dismantling of the load-bearing structures without new ones being designed at the same time, as what were once collective institutions become containers of individuality. In a flourishing society, individual survival has become an end and, in solitary folly, each person continues along their insignificant path.

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